6th Sep 2018, Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on the subject of façade design & engineering. The conference now takes place in Asia (Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya, Morocco and South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom and France) and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and the United States of America.

Now in it’s 47th edition globally and the 2nd edition in Australia, the conference will discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will showcase the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

47th Edition - Zak World of Façades Australia, 6th Sep 2018, Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Mic Patterson, Director of Strategic Development, Schüco USA

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address


08.50 - 09.10

Skin games: The epic battle of appearance versus performance in façade design and delivery

Mic Patterson, Director of Strategic Development, Schüco USA

09.10 - 09.30

The ever changing face of façades

  • A brief history in façade design
  • An Australian perspective on product compliance and conformity for glazed façades
  • A look at the future
Tracey Gramlick, Executive Director and CEO, Australian Window Association

09.30 - 10.00

Façade and Craft

  • Considering a crafted approach to façade design and the integration of public art with façades
  • Tracing how this approach has informed the projects of Fender Katsalidis over the past 25 years
  • Case Studies of key selected projects, starting with Melbourne Terrace and Republic Tower in the 1990’s through to contemporary projects like Australia 108
Craig Baudin, Director, Fender Katsalidis

10.00 - 10.20

Façades - A framework for innovation

  • Façade design and innovation to support evolving HVAC strategies
  • Opportunities in manufacturing and procurement
  • Creating a culture of innovation – Community, collaboration and commercialisation
Stefan Brey, Technical Director, BG&E Façades

10.20 - 10.40

High performance, lightweight, long span building envelopes with ETFE

  • An introduction to projects, details, technology & advantages for ETFE façades & roofs
  • Fire, thermal, llght and wind load performance with ETFE
  • Case study on the 20,000m2 ETFE moving roof of the Singapore National Stadium
Angus Macleod, Director - ANZ, Vector Foiltec

10.40 - 11.00


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.00 - 11.25

Future ready façades: Leveraging digital across design and delivery

  • Structural optimisation of façades in Melbourne
  • Computational design to generate and interrogate models
  • Photogrammetry, drones and laser scanning
  • Deeper insights through machine learning and data visualisation
  • Case studies: 600 Collins street, St Regis on Spencer, 555 Collins street and more
Li Yang, Technical Director - Built Environment, Aurecon Nick Williams, Digital Practice Leader - VIC/SA, Aurecon

11.25 - 11.55

Design driven innovation

  • Increased design complexity reflecting needs of contemporary society
  • How does industry adapt to deliver higher standards
  • Cutting edge designs leading world of innovation in architecture
Stefano Paiocchi, Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects

11.20 - 11.40

When our buildings learn from our bodies

  • Biomimicry of a higher order: 'Autonomic' and 'Somatic' body systems
  • How can building designers borrow from these systems?
  • Future trends: Designing for people
David Barker, Associate Principal - Environment & Sustainability, Elementa Consulting

12.15 - 13.00

PANEL DISCUSSION: Energy codes, ratings & guidelines for façades

  • Sustainable façades for the region: Attaining energy performance requirements through building envelopes
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • NCC updates for building energy efficiency measures: Optimal efficiency rate for residential vis-à-vis commercial building
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades: Will energy efficient be economically efficient?
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration (OTTV)
  • Passive house in Australia? The way forward


David Ritter, Associate Director, Atelier Ten


David Shultis, Associate Director (Delivery), Elenberg Fraser Jesse Judd, Director, ARM Architecture Simon Topliss, Associate Director, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects Evalin Ling, Sustainability Manager, Probuild Constructions Hannah Blossom, Associate Director - ESD/Mechanical, Irwin Consult

13.00 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Shaping high-performance façades

  • Case study: The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne
  • Exploring co-creation and the collaborative process
  • The journey of innovative design
Malgorzata Haley, Associate, Grimshaw

14.00 - 14.20

Should we design for procurement?

  • Designing with procurement in mind is an essential part of what we do
  • How does this influence our capacity to deliver innovation?
  • What strategies are needed to improve the prospects of innovation in our market?
Simon Barnes, Associate Principal, Arup

14.20 - 14.40

Fire performance of insulated panel and façade systems

  • Understand the difference between various façade, rainscreen and insulated panel systems
  • Fire performance testing of insulated panels for building regulations and insurance requirements
  • Compliance assured programme for AS5113
Mark Tatam, Building Technology Director, Kingspan Insulated Panels

14.40 - 15.00

Cavity barrier systems for cladding and ventilated façades

  • Functional requirements; testing of cavity barrier products and cladding systems
  • Key performance factors and design considerations
  • Highlight importance of detailing; quality of workmanship; need for inspection and reporting
Sreenivas Narayanan, Façade Specification & Compliance Officer, Siderise Middle East & India

15.00 - 15.20

Which interlayer for which application ?

  • Interlayers offer additional properties to glass (safety, acoustic, aesthetics, UV- control, structural properties,…)
  • Guidelines on how to chose the right interlayer
Christoph Troska, Manager - Global Architecture Segment, Trosifol® World of Interlayers

15.20 - 15.40

No. 1 defect in Australian construction and better ways to fix the defects

  • Identify shortcomings in the fabrication of dry & wet glazed window assemblies
  • Understand how these shortcomings can lead to systemic failure of the building envelope
  • Provide multiple rectification solutions to poorly fabricated windows
Steve Mort, National Technical Manager, Tremco Australia

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Blurring the boundaries - Multi-disciplinary façade engineering

  • Organisational innovation, what is it? Why is it needed?
  • What does it look like on a project?
  • Who pays for it? Performance vs cost
Kieran Rice, Technical Director - Façade Practice Lead ANZ, AECOM

16.20 - 16.40

Risks associated with direct procurement of façades

  • Current industry façade supply chain models
  • Risks in manufacturing, logistics and quality
  • Accountability, contractual and financial security issues
  • Warranties and future claims
Terry Mak, Procurement Director - China, Viridian/VSCAPE

16.40 - 17.00

Benefits of powder coatings in façade design

  • Performance standards and specification of powder coatings
  • Benefits of powder coatings
  • Recent innovations & track record in powder coatings
Jean-Paul Moonen, Global Segment Manager - Architectural, Akzonobel

17.00 - 17.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding Façade Process Management - FPM

  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • The need for FPM
  • Implementation - Players involved and their roles
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance
  • Effect on the bottom line


Mic Patterson, Director of Strategic Development, Schüco USA


Oliver Ng, Director, BG&E Façades Elissa Ward, Associate - Façade Consultant, Inhabit Group Jason O'Hara, Managing Director, Atelier Projects Andrew Colangelo, Director - Project Design Management, Mirvac Danny Pegorin, Façades Manager, Hickory Group David Fung, Façade Director, Built Geoff Croker, Principal, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

17.45 - 17.50

Vote of Thanks

17.50 - 19.00

Networking Reception (by invite only)

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